Andreas Holzinger
“Science is to test ideas – Engineering is to put these ideas into Business”

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Andreas HOLZINGER

PhD, MSc, MPh, BEng, CEng, DipEd, MBCS

Head of Research Unit
Human-Computer Interaction for Medicine & Health
Lead at > HCI-KDD
Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics & Documentation
Medical University Graz

One of the grand challenges in our networked world are the large, complex, high-dimensional and weakly structured data sets (“Big data”) and increasing volumes of unstructured information. These enormous amounts of data require new, efficient and user-friendly solutions for knowledge discovery. This challenge is most evident in the field of Biomedicine: the trend towards personalized medicine has resulted in an data tsunami in the amount of generated (-omics) data.

Andreas and his team work consistently on a synergistic combination of methodologies and approaches of two areas that offer ideal conditions towards unraveling these problems: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), with the goal of supporting human learning with machine learning – to discover new, previously unknown insights into the data. He is passionate on extending advanced methods including time (e.g. information entropy) and space (e.g. computational topology), along with user-centered software engineering methods to create interactive software for mobile applications & content analytics techniques. We follow three promising research streams: Graph-based Data Mining; Entropy-based Data Mining, & Topological Data Mining > .

150 words Bio:

Andreas Holzinger is head of the Research Unit HCI, Institute for Medical Informatics, Medical University Graz, and Associate Professor at Graz University of Technology, where he teaches > Biomedical Informatics at the Institute of Bioinformatics & Genomics, and supervising engineering students at the Institute of Information Systems & Computer Media. He started as apprentice in Information Technology, and after his second chance education and IT industry experience, he began his academic studies at the age of 26, studied Information Technology and Physics, Psychology and Media at Graz University, obtained his PhD in Cognitive Science from Graz University in 1997 and his Habilitation in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology in 2003. Andreas was Visiting Professor in Berlin, Innsbruck, Vienna, London and Aachen. Since 1999 he has participated in leading positions in 30+ R&D multi-national projects, budget 3+ MEUR, 300+ publications, 4000+ citations, h-index =27, g-index=83. He is founder and leader of the Expert Network HCI-KDD.

Technical Area: Knowledge Discovery and Interactive Data Mining
Application Area: Biomedical Informatics
Subjects (OESTAT classification): 11 = Computational Sciences and 39 = Interdisciplinary Human Medicine

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Andreas was Visiting Professor of Medical Knowledge Management at the Nations Health Career Center, Berlin, Germany (02/03); Visiting Professor at Innsbruck University, Institute for Organization & Learning (winter term 04/05); Visiting Professor at Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Software Technology & Interactive Systems (winter term 05/06); Visiting Professor at Middlesex University London (UK), School of Computing Science (summer term 07); Visiting Professor at the RWTH Aachen University, e-Health Group, and he is Visiting Professor at Vienna University of Business and Economics, Health Information & Knowledge Management (since winter term 06/07).

Andreas is head of the Research Unit Human-Computer Interaction for Medicine and Health Care (HCI4MED), Institute of Medical Informatics, Statistics and Documentation at the Medical University Graz; Associate Professor (Univ.-Doz.) of Applied Informatics at the Faculty of Computer Science, Institute of Information Systems and Computer Media (IICM), and Lecturer for Biomedical Informatics at the Faculty of Electrical and Information Engineering at Graz University of Technology. He is chair of the Workgroup Human–Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering (HCI&UE) of the Austrian Computer Society (OCG). He is founder and leader of the Special Interest Groups HCI4MED and since November 2009 Austrian Representative in the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), Technical Committee TC 13 Human-Computer Interaction HCI.

Andreas, born 1963, married, two children, started his career as apprentice in Information Technology (IT) in 1978, finishing as Radio- and Television Technician (1981); Foreman in Industrial Electronics (1983); College of Further Education Bournemouth (UK) with honors in Computer Science (1985/86); After extensive industrial experience, during which he attended evening classes, he was awarded Chartered Engineer for Communications and Information Technology (CEng, 1990); Diploma as Lecturer for Adult Education (DipEd, 1992); Studies of Communication and Information Engineering (BEng, 1993), Physics and Psychology (MSc, 1995) as well as Media Education and Sociology (MPh, 1996) at Graz University of Technology and Graz University. Doctoral promotion with summa cum laude in Cognitive Science (PhD, 1997). Second Doctorate (Habilitation, venia docendi) in Applied Informatics, Faculty of Computer Science, Graz University of Technology (Assoc. Prof., 2003).

Andreas serves as consultant for the Canadian, Swiss, French and Dutch Government, as expert for the German Excellence Initiative, and national expert in the European Commission (EC), Lisbon Delegate “eEurope: an Knowledge society for all”. He serves as Industrial Consultant, is member of the European Research Consortium in Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), and professional member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE, GI, the German Society of Psychology (DGP) and board member of the Austrian Computer Society (OCG). He directed numerous successful R&D projects and organized national and international conferences. He serves as reviewer and in the board of numerous reputed Journals and international conferences and is evaluator for both national and international organizations.